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Don't just read the descriptions on this page. We invite you to check us out on social media.
Our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/auburnpanhellenic) has photos taken at recruitment. These photos show you what potential members have worn in the past.
Our Pinterest boards (www.pinterest.com/aubpanhellenic) can show you ideas we have put together for appropriate attire.
Optional Pre-Recruitment Meeting
There will be a meeting at the Auburn University Student Center for all Potential Members in the evening on the day before recruitment begins. This meeting is not required, but highly suggested. Pi Chis and potential members will be the only ones there, so please come dressed as comfortably as you choose.
Before you Choose your Clothes...
Some people will tell you that you've got to have a certain brand or a certain color to make a good impression at recruitment. Others will tell you that you've got to have something brand new or different from everyone else. None of these things are true. Choose clothes that you feel comfortable in and help you put your best foot forward, but don't go broke looking for the latest thing. Sorority members are like you. They live on budgets, they work at jobs, and shop for bargains just like everyone else does. With the number of potential members in recruitment, you're not going to find something that no one else has, no matter where you go or how much you spend. In fact, you might find comfort in clothes and shoes that are broken in. Think of the things you have that you've gotten compliments on. Those outfits will be just fine. If you want to get one or two new items for recruitment, it's up to you, but you can probably find the clothes you need already hanging in your closet.
Ice Water Teas
Days 1 and 2
WHAT TO EXPECT: There are seventeen sororities participating in Ice Water Teas. Potential members will visit each one for 25 minutes over a period of two days. The purpose of this round is to introduce you to the Greek community. One woman will meet you at the door and serve as your hostess. You may feel a little overwhelmed, but don't be intimidated. These two days are high energy and include loud music, clapping, and cheering. Each sorority has something unique and wonderful to offer, so be sure to approach each one with an open mind.
WHAT TO WEAR: You should dress casually and comfortably. Wear clothing that is suitable for hot weather, such as a sundress, skirt, or capri pants. While it is important for you to be comfortable, t-shirt and shorts are a no-no. You will be outside in the sun between parties, so lightweight fabrics are a good choice. You will walk between parties, so wear comfortable shoes or bring some for between parties.
Day 3 and 4
WHAT TO EXPECT: Philanthropy and community service are an important aspect of each sorority and Auburn Panhellenic. For this round, potential members will visit up to twelve sororities. These parties will be spread over two days as well and last for 35 minutes each. At each one you visit, you will work on projects that pertain to that sorority's philanthropy. The sororities then donate the completed projects to their philanthropies. You will learn about the sorority in a fun and interactive way as well as contribute to the community. This round will give you a chance to have more in-depth conversations about each sorority.
WHAT TO WEAR: To add to the fun of these days, the dress is casual and comfortable. Casual shorts or skirts that are comfortable to sit on the floor in will be appropriate. Panhellenic will provide you with a t-shirt to wear for this round. Your Pi Chi will give you your t-shirt when you arrive for recruitment. If you would like any additional shirts, there is a place to order them on the recruitment registration form. This round is a great opportunity to wear tennis shoes or casual sandals.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The entertainment atmosphere of this round makes it a favorite part of recruitment. You may visit as many as seven sororities on this day for 55 minutes each. Your hostess will introduce you to other members of the chapter. The sororities will continue to reveal their individual personalities. The sororities may show you about their involvement on campus and in Greek life. Since this is the last day before preference, you should start thinking about the sororities in which you feel the most comfortable.
WHAT TO WEAR: A dress suitable for church or a nice dinner is recommended. most women choose to dress up their look a little more for this round. Click on any of these pictures for a better look. Many sororities have their guests sit on the floor for a few minutes, so choose something that will allow you to comfortable get up and down and sit without worrying about your dress coming up.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The preference round is the most serious round of recruitment. Potential members visit up to 3 sororities for one hour each. At each one, she may be greeted by someone who has been special to her during the week. This round can be the most emotional because the potential member is deciding which sorority she would most like to join. Parties are serious and subdued. Think back on the previous rounds and recall what you liked best about each sorority. The most important thing is to be sure you base your decision on your own feelings, not the feelings of family members, friends, or those in your recruitment group.
WHAT TO WEAR: This round is the dressiest of them all. A dress you might wear to formal church or a wedding reception would be appropriate. As you can see in the pictures, many people choose to wear something black. But, colors other than black are also appropriate and commonly worn. Formal gowns are not appropriate. If you are comfortable in heels, you may wish to wear them since you will only be going to three parties. You do not need to wear hose. Click on any of these pictures for a better look.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The location of Bid Day is still being determined. All potential members receiving bids will gather at the specified place and be given a printed invitation to the sorority she has received a bid from. A potential member can only receive one bid. Those who accept their bids will proceed to the chapter room of their new sorority where they will be welcomed by their new sisters with open arms. Each chapter will hold a reception for the new members and their family members who choose to attend. Each new member will be greeted by a member who will host her as her 'big sister' for the rest of the day's activities. The new members will be expected to return to the chapter room later that afternoon in order to spend time with their new sisters and become better acquainted with their fellow new members.
WHAT TO WEAR: There is no specified dress for the day. Most potential members choose to wear shorts and a t-shirt. Once a new member receives her bid, she will be given a t-shirt from her new sorority. The new members then change into their new shirts. So be sure to wear shorts or a skirt that can go with anything. You will be in A LOT of pictures with your new sisters, so be prepared to smile, smile, smile! Also, many sororities have a members-only "formal pinning" ceremony on the evening of Bid Day. It is at this ceremony that you are given your new member pin. Many sororities require that the new members wear a white dress to this occasion. So, it's a good idea to bring one with you to Auburn. It doesn't have to be pretty or cost a fortune. As long as it is white, it will do. Many sororities also require that the white dress be worn to the initiation ceremony held a few weeks later, so you will wear it at least twice a year.
Other Helpful Tips
To see actual photos of the people who participated in recruitment, last year, look at the albums on our Panhellenic Facebook Page.
Accessories can make the difference. Some outfits would work well for more than one round of recruitment.
Show your style! The guidelines we have given you are just that... Guidelines. Be sure to show your personal style and wear the things you like and feel comfortable in.
Last Updated: 7/9/2015